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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

$250,000 Grant Program to Help City of Westminster Residents Repair and Winterize Homes

The City of Westminster announced the availability of $250,000 over the next four years in its Emergency and Essential Home Repair (EEHR) program fund. As residents continue to recover from the pandemic, the EEHR program will allow the City’s most vulnerable residents to receive up to $5,000 in home repairs to ensure their homes are safe, warm, and dry ahead of the winter season.

EEHR is available to residents in owner-occupied households who earn up to 80% of area median income (AMI), which for a family of four is just under $80,000 a year. The application process is brief and residents will only need to provide proof of income to one of the city’s two approved partners. There are no upfront costs to residents if repairs do not exceed $5,000, and program participants will only need to pay for any costs above the $5,000. EEHR was designed to allow residents to initiate repairs quickly, and from start to finish, repairs can be completed within weeks after a resident begins the application process. For emergency repairs, the City's partners can prioritize work to begin within days, if needed. 

Depending on the county you reside in, residents work with local county partners -- Brothers Redevelopment, Inc. in Adams County, and Foothills Regional Housing in Jefferson County -- for the application and repair process. Eligible repairs may include:  

  • Plumbing 
  • Electrical 
  • Furnace repair/replacement 
  • Water heater repair/replacement 
  • Accessibility improvements e.g. wheelchair ramps, hand railings

"Westminster is committed to ensuring our residents have what they need to thrive,” said Nancy McNally, Mayor of Westminster. “This program is a lifeline for our most vulnerable residents, especially our older Westminster residents.”  

The EEHR Program is funded by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and U.S. residency is a requirement. HUD calculates annual median income (AMI) for all of the metropolitan areas of the country to determine what level of assistance is needed to support residents who are living below the area median income.  The majority of HUD housing subsidies are available to residents who earn up to 80% AMI. 

Visit this link for more information and application details:

https://www.cityofwestminster.us/Residents/AssistancePrograms/HousingAssistance/HomeRepairs 

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